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COVID-19 and Our Commitment to Your Safety

Dear Greater Houston Orthodontics Patients,

In order to ensure the safety of our patients, our team and the community at large during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are proactively adapting the way that we provide orthodontic treatment. What this means for you:

-As of this Thursday, regular appointments will now be conducted virtually, by videoconference.
-Dental Monitoring patients will continue as usual, with weekly remote checkups.
-For Invisalign, you may come by to pick-up additional aligners for the next 8 weeks. Call us when you’re coming and we’ll leave aligners outside the office door for you.
-For our retainer patients, we will verify with you if your retainers fit well, and may ask you to send photos of you wearing your retainers to us.
-Emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please call (713) 464-7777 and we’ll work with you.
-New patient consultations will be conducted virtually.

We will reach out shortly if you have an upcoming appointment to discuss the best option for your family.

Please know that we remain committed to the importance of your healthcare, comfort and safety. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 updates, and will communicate further based on the expert advice of government departments, public health authorities and healthcare professionals.

We promise to keep you updated through this dynamic situation, and we look forward to continuing to make you smile!

Stay well,
Dr. Amir Davoody
Dr. Rana Mehr
Dr. Niloufar Azami
Dr. Adam Skrypczak

Why I Do Need To Wear Elastics?

blog-featured-image-elastics-and-orthodontic-treatmentElastics, also known as rubber bands, are a very normal part of orthodontic treatment. However, we know that people sometimes find them to be a nuisance or difficult to adjust to wearing. It is important to know that Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr and Dr. Niloufar Azami at Greater Houston Orthodontics has you wearing elastics because they are essential to the completion of the patient’s orthodontic treatment. 

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4 Surprising Foods that can Cause Bad Breath

blog-featured-image-bad-breath-causing-foodsEveryone knows that garlic and onions are the usual culprits for bad breath. But do you know what other foods may be causing your stinky breath? For some people, bad breath can be genetic. However, whether you’re wearing braces or not, certain foods in your daily routine could be to blame. Read on to find out what Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr and Dr. Niloufar Azami at Greater Houston Orthodontics have to say about some bad breath causing foods!Read More

Read This Before Ordering Orthodontic Treatment Online

These days you can do almost anything with the click of a button. Order school supplies. Get a ride across town. Watch your favorite movie. Schedule a grocery delivery. It seems like every day there’s a newer and easier way to do almost everything from your mobile device. We’ve been programmed to accept that anything can be ordered online and delivered right to our front door. 

 

However, at Greater Houston Orthodontics, there is one thing that we believe doesn’t have an easy online replacement: orthodontic treatment. There is no match for orthodontic treatment provided by a highly trained, experienced specialist. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) agrees. They recently issued a Consumer Alert listing key questions to ask about direct-to-consumer aligner companies. You can download a print-friendly version here.

 

The issue is that many direct-to-consumer aligner companies do not involve the in-person evaluation and/or in-person supervision of your treatment we provide at Greater Houston Orthodontics. This type of supervision is important because there is more to creating a healthy, confident smile than moving the visible portions of your teeth. If not done correctly any dental work can lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, unhealthy or uncomfortable bite modifications and even changes to your facial profile. The team of doctors at Greater Houston Orthodontics have many tools in their arsenal to help create a healthy smile – Invisalign, for example, is just one of them. It’s important to have a fully trained and experienced orthodontist involved when making any changes to your smile.

 

The Top Questions To Ask

 

The AAO advises that when researching orthodontic treatment (including treatment models from direct-to-consumer companies), you should consider many key questions, some of which include:

 

  1. As part of your treatment, are comprehensive diagnostic records like x-rays taken before your treatment?
  2. As part of your treatment fee, do you receive any in-person visits to a dentist’s or orthodontist’s office during your treatment?
  3. Is only one treatment type offered (such as invisible aligners or a certain appliance)?
  4. What are the possible risks (financial, health, etc.) associated with your orthodontic treatment?
  5. Who is responsible for detecting any issues that may occur during your orthodontic treatment? Is it you? If it is a doctor not associated with your treatment, who pays for those check-ups?
  6. If an emergency arises, does the company have a dentist or orthodontist in your area that you can see in-person? If not, who would cover the costs associated with seeing a dentist or orthodontist in your area?
  7. If you are injured or have another dispute involving your orthodontic treatment, how is it handled (litigation, arbitration, etc.) and what rights do you have? 
  8. Does the treatment model comply with the dental laws in your state? To check your state’s dental laws, click https://www.aaoinfo.org/state-laws-and-regulations. Information for your state dental board can be found at https://www.aaoinfo.org/aao/state-dental-board-info.
  9. Is there a smile satisfaction guaranteed?

 

Where You Receive Your Dental Care Is A Very Important Personal Decision

 

Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr, Dr. Niloufar Azami and Dr. Adam Skrypczak lead a friendly, dedicated team that works together to create a positive experience for our patients and their families that’s fun, light hearted, informative and inviting. The doctors and team use the most advanced treatments available today, including Invisalign®, Invisalign® Teen and Incognito™ Hidden Braces.

With two convenient locations, West University and Memorial, we are ready to help you start smiling. Please contact our West University or our Memorial office to schedule a complimentary consultation or click below:

 

How a Little Sunshine Helps Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment

blog-featured-image-vitamin-d-and-orthodonticsWho doesn’t love to catch some sun rays? Well sunshine lovers, Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr and Dr. Niloufar Azami at Greater Houston Orthodontics has news for you! A little sunshine actually HELPS your teeth during orthodontic treatment! Sunshine has been found to improve mood, our immune functions, and increases vitamin D production in our bodies.

The Importance of Vitamin D

While in braces, healthy teeth and gums are of vital importance. Vitamin D helps to support oral health in two ways:

  • It helps our bodies to absorb and utilize calcium

Vitamin D has several major functions. One of its major functions is moderating other vitamins and minerals – including calcium. Calcium is crucial because it fortifies our teeth and supports jaw and bone strength. Several studies have shown greater cavity risk for people who live in regions with little sunlight – sometimes as much as double the risk.Read More

Hey Runners! Pay Special Attention To Your Oral Health

blog-featured-image-oral-health-and-runningWe know that exercise is very important for both our mental and physical health. However, have you thought about the effects of running on your oral health? While those two things may seem unrelated, they’re actually not. Fear not. Dr. Amir Davoody, Dr. Rana Mehr and Dr. Niloufar Azami at Greater Houston Orthodontics will explain the correlation between running and oral health. 

Oral Health and Running

While the rest of your body may be in great shape, each extra training hour actually increases your risk of tooth decay. Athletes are at risk for two specific oral health problems: dry mouth effects and sports-related nutrition effects. Read More